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A collection of various propsals and amendments to the Basic Law of Palestine.

Hamas will accept referendum result

 Hamas will accept the result of an eventual referendum over a Palestinian state. Hamas are reportedly also willing to concede power to a national  consensus cabinet consisting of technocrats pending early elections. Providing the PLO is reformed, Hamas might also be willing to stay out of a future national unity cabinet.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Damascus states that Hamas will accept the result of a referendum over the borders of a Palestinian state, even though Hamas might not agree with the result.

Read: Maan News, “Mash’al: Hamas agrees to Palestinian state but will not recognise Israel,” 22 April 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=28875.

During a visit to Tunis Sunday, President Mahmoud Abbas stated that any peace agreement would require such a referendum.

Read: People’s Daily News, “Abbas promises referendum before any peace agreement with Israel,” 21 April 2008, http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90854/6396251.html

 The statements follow Sunday’s declaration by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter that Hamas was prepred to negotiate a national consensus cabinet consisting of technocrats until elections can be held. Hamas would concede to stay out of government until that time. Hamas would reportedly also be willing to avoid participation in a future Palestinian national unity government, provided that the PLO is reformed.

Read: Maan News, “Carter: Hamas will accept Palestinian state within ’67 borders if Palestinians agree,” 21 April 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=28866.

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The Palestinian Basic Law is to function as a temporary constitution for the Palestinian Authority until the establishment of an independent state and a permanent constitution for Palestine can be achieved.

The Basic Law was passed by the Palestinian Legislative Council in 1997 and ratified by President Yasser Arafat in 2002. It has subsequently been amended twice; in 2003 the political system was changed to introduce a prime minister. In 2005 it was amended to conform to the new Election Law. The 2003 reform was comprehensive and affected the whole nature of the Palestinian political system, whereas the 2005 amendment was only minor and affected only a few paragraphs.

A parallel effort has been made to draft a permanent Palestinian constitution for an independent state, but this was shelved in favor of amending the existing Basic Law.


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This website presents a collection of various drafts and amendments related to the Basic Law and other constitutional texts that have been compiled from various other sources.

You can also expect to find links to news items and reports that are of relevance to Palestinian constitutional law, the electoral framework, political reform and the PA branches of government.

The website was created by the Norwegian journalists Erik Bolstad and Tonje M. Viken in February 2008. The site is a private initiative and has no affiliation to any organizations or authorities.

All external links are purely for information purposes and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors of this site.

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